"People are still not judged by the content of their character. &ellipsis;The promissory note that Dr. King talked about is long overdue." - Edith Lee-Payne, a United Methodist shaped by the March on Washington.
Civil rights icon inspired by mother in 1963
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - On her 62nd birthday, United Methodist Edith Lee-Payne returned to Washington for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. On her 12th birthday, Lee-Payne's mother took her to the 1963 march and set the course of her daughter's life.
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Peace vigil: Dialogue, not military action, for Syria
NEW YORK (UMNS) - Some faith representatives at the Church Center for the United Nations took a lunchtime break Sept. 6 to pray about the situation in Syria.
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Theologian addresses why U.S. prone to intervention
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Stanley Hauerwas, professor emeritus of theological ethics at United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School, talks with The Atlantic about Christian pacificism and why the U.S. is frequently involved in military interventions. Hauerwas' most recent book is "War and the American Difference."
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Why churches can't get (and keep) volunteers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Nonprofit organizations such as social services and hospitals have mastered the art of empowering volunteers, writes Thomas G. Bandy on the United Methodist Publishing House's site Ministry Matters. The church only seems to know how to use volunteers like disposable tissues, observes Bandy, a leadership coach for faith-based organizations.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Deadline to register for online course "Moodle 200: Advanced Training," Sept. 11 - Sept. 18-Oct. 30, training from United Methodist Communications, Moodle 100 is a prerequisite. Seating limited. $119.99. Details
Free webinar "What Happened to the Offering?" Sept. 12 - 6:30 p.m. CT, Suggestions from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship for helping the time of offering adapt to the new realities as plastic becomes the currency of U.S. culture. To register.
Early-bird registration for "Love across the Spectrum" Conference, Sept. 13 - Nov. 8-9, sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University Chaplain's Office. Details.
We Love Our Kids, Sept. 14 - Communitywide service event in New Albany, Ind., supported in part by United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church. Volunteers welcome. Details.
Serve Our Schools, Sept. 14 - Service day at the McAllen (Texas) Independent School District, supported in part by United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church. Volunteers welcome. Details.
Free webinar "Creative Thinking in Faith Formation: An Ancient/Future Approach," Sept. 17 - 6:30 p.m. CT, learning strategies for teaching adults using an exploration of Jesus' teaching methods, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register
Free webinar "The Pastors Book Club: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business," Sept. 18 - 10 a.m. CT, a summary of the book and timeto engage in small-group discussions with people across the country. To register
"Communicating Faith in the 21st Century" online course, Sept. 18-Oct. 30 - Based on the book "We Must Speak: Rethinking How We Communicate Faith in the 21st Century," by the Rev. Larry Hollon. Explores the importance of telling stories of faith, as well as how to create and share personal stories of faith via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and blogs. $29.99. To register.
Free webinar "Building a Health Ministry in your Congregation" Sept. 19 - 6:30 p.m. CT, UMCOR Health, Parish Nurses and the Center for Health provide resources. Learn what one congregation has done. To register.
Author of "The Shack" preaches, Sept. 22 - 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. CT, William Paul Young will be the guest speaker at worship services at Dyersburg First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tenn. Details.
"Deborah's Daughters: Women's Ways of Leadership and Ministry," Sept. 23-25 - A conference in Dayton, Ohio, co-sponsored by United Theological Seminary and Harriet L. Miller Women's Center and the Center for Urban Ministry. Details.
Free webinar "Church Council: Incorporating Younger, Diverse Leaders" Sept. 24 - 6:30 p.m. CT, Healthy vital congregations bring together leaders who have different generational values and work styles. To register.
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, Sept. 25-27 - Event aimed at helping leaders renew churches. Details.
Free webinar "Guiding Children in a Violent World" Sept. 26 - 10 a.m. CT, Looking at ways to guide children at different stages of life in varying circumstances, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.
Free webinar "Principles of Vitality for District Superintendents" Sept. 26 - 1 p.m. CT, Tools a D.S. can use to equip clergy for vital leadership, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.
Sojourning Women, Bold Voices Then + Now, Oct. 4-5 - Conference honoring 25th anniversary of Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Details.
World Communion Sunday, Oct. 6 - Worship resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, and stewardship resources from United Methodist Communications for giving to scholarships.
Early-bird registration for Reach New Disciples Conference, Oct. 7 - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, Nov. 2, Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Washington. Details.